wheresthepath (2335) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2010
[330ml bottle that Jim shared with me - cheers!] Amber with a moderate creamy head and negligible carbonation. There’s some lemon & a little bitterness from the hops, along with a crackle of autumn leaves, but it’s rather overcome with the sickly caramel sweetness of the crystal malt. It’s like a Greene King brew where they’ve actually remembered to add some hops. Not great, in other words. michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2010
330ml Bottle: Aroma of herbs, slight malt, light diacetyl, and slight Earth. Poured amber in color with a medium-sized, creamy, off-white head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Slightly sparkling. Flavor is lightly sweet. Tastes of malt, herbs, diacetyl, Earth, and some dried leaves. Medium body. Average texture. Average carbonation. Malt, herb, and diacetyl finish. stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - DEC 12, 2010
Draft. Pours a clear and dark amber beer with a dense offwhite head. The aroma is malt, sweetness, caramel and some notes of hops. The flavor is close to the nose. The palate is sweetness with some notes of bitterness. Overall an average beer. dpento1 (236) - Virginia, USA - DEC 11, 2010
Pours copper-amber, with a huge off-white head, and sticky lacing takes its place. Aroma of sweet caramel malts and a little fruity. Flavor is bready, grainy, and exactly what the aroma promised sweet, caramel, and malts. Overall very refreshing, not bad! tkrjukoff (4335) - SWEDEN - DEC 8, 2010
Pours ruby red amber with small off white head leaving a nice lacing. Aroma is weak, cold pour need to warm up a bit, caramel, nutty and malty. Crispy mouthfeel. Flavor is fruity, hoppy and malty with some sweetness. Acidy and slightly perry palate. Finishes acidy sweet turning into nice dry tart aftertaste.
beerfest5 (1207) - Cloneen, IRELAND - NOV 21, 2010
not so good. aroma is fairly bland, color is more brown than red, taste is like an american macro. the porterhouse continues to make sub par beers and is giving the wrong direction to other brewers in Ireland what their beers should be for success. glad to see something else besides guinness, smithwicks, and murphy’s, but this needs to be far better to gain any recognition for irish ales. Chickencoop (188) - California, USA - NOV 11, 2010
Pours a big frothy deep caramel brown, solid head retention. Smell was a big bitter, skunky almost pale lagery after pulling the cap. Taste was nothing like the smell, almost watery and light, but definate roasted malts. This is quite drinkable but nothing special. omhper (25138) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 31, 2010
Bottled, from The Drink Store, Dublin. Clear amber, huge firm head. Roasty and fruity. Light bodied with clean, rounded mouthfeel, slight notes of peat and ripe fruits. Light spicy bitterness. ganache (5905) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 30, 2010
Bottle. Nose of fruit and caramel, just a little nutty grit in there to help balance the sweetness (barely). Pours a Bitter-like copper with a great lasting rocky off-white head. Dry, bitter, nutty taste with fruit accents only toward the end and in the aftertaste, full body with layers of caramel and medium roast (hint of ash). Hops are low but productive. lovemyipas (544) - nw burbs, Illinois, USA - OCT 26, 2010
pours a dark copper red with a nice little bubbly off white head aroma is light caramel malt and some euro hops flavor is the same as aroma but stronger and a little dry hop bite. the dry hops stick around a bit in the aftertaste and is real sessionable. probably the best irish red I have had to date, and yes expensive, but I would drink a few on st. patty’s day.